Month: June 2016

Homemade Bread

Do you have 15 minutes, some dry active yeast, and a kitchen scale?

If so, you, my friend, can make bread – right this instant. 
No experience required. No fancy ingredients. This bread is easy-peasy – and absolutely delicious. 
The secret ingredient is beer – yes, the kind you drink. Any beer will do, but I like to experiment and change it up each time I make it. So far, my favourite breads have been made with white beers or wheat ales. I have yet to try with a stout – but please, let me know if you venture that way! Now, lets get on with it, and get baking!
Easy Vegan Beer Bread

ingredients
500g (approx 2 cups) all purpose flour
8 g (about 1tsp) salt
16g dry active yeast
4 tbsp warm water
2 tsp sugar
30 ml olive oil
371 ml (1 bottle) of your favourite beer
5 cloves of garlic, grated (optional)
3 scallions, chopped (optional)
method
Combine yeast, sugar and warm water in medium bowl. Stir with a fork until yeast is dissolved. Set aside 10 minutes until frothy. 
Stir oil and beer into yeast mixture. Add garlic and scallions if using.
Sift together flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and slowly pour in the liquid ingredients. Using a spatula, or your hand, combine everything together until a sticky dough forms. Work the dough in the bowl until all of the flour is combined, and it comes together smoothly, about 2 minutes. 
Cover the bowl with aluminium foil, allow to rise for 1.5hrs.
Once the dough has risen, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle with flour. Invert dough onto floured parchment and gather it into a round shape. (It will be gluey – very normal!)
Sprinkle the top with some more flour, and allow to rise for another 30 minutes. 
Preheat oven to 425F. Make diagonal slits in the bread (as seen in the photo) JUST before putting it into the oven. 
Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing.